Women hit the course for charity

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. --- Bob Estes was 140 yards from the hole, standing over a pink ball and wearing a sombrero. As if that wasn't daunting enough, his wife and three other women wearing short white skirts and knee-high Argyle socks were jumping nearby and yelling "Hole it, hole it, hole it!"

He did not hole it.

Tuesday was Ladies Day at PGA National, site of this week's Honda Classic. They played the PGA Tour Wives Classic, where 37 spouses and significant others of tour pros played a nine-hole, four-woman scramble, with the men wearing pink-trimmed caddie bibs and being drafted to play mulligans.

By day's end, nearly $100,000 was raised for charity.

"We're on the road 30 to 35 weeks a year and the road becomes our home," said Amy Wilson, the wife of 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson and the president of the PGA Tour Wives Association. "The PGA Tour gives so much back through each tournament through charities, and we get to mirror that and help in our own way too."

The wives association donated more than $246,000 to charity last year, plus had members volunteer time at soup kitchens, building sites, schools, hospitals and with children's programs.

Indeed, the fundraising side was taken extremely seriously.

The golf, not so much.

By the fourth hole of the day, Leot Chen -- with Evans resident Vaughn Taylor as her caddie -- showed off an unusual one-handed grip on a 40-yard pitch: Wedge in the right hand, cocktail in the left.


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